More than 18 million air travelers have experienced TSA Pre Check since it launched in October 2011 and now people flying out of Albany International Airport will also enjoy the benefits of the program. YNN's Erin Connolly has more on how it'll make going through security a bit more convenient.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Since 9/11, flying the friendly skies hasn't been so friendly. Added security measures were put into place by the Transportation Safety Administration to keep air travelers safe.
Debbie Abdella, an air traveler, said, "It's a drag. It makes it that much longer to get on. It's a drag."
But a new initiative known as "TSA Pre Check" is looking to make going through security more convenient for pre-approved travelers.
Brian Johansson, TSA's Federal Security Director at Albany International Airport, said, "It's expedited screening. You get to leave your jacket on, you get to leave your shoes on, laptop can stay in its bag, and your 3-1-1 compliant liquids can also stay in your bag."
Every traveler is automatically considered when they book a trip. TSA will incorporate random and unpredictable security measures so no individual is guaranteed expedited screening.
Johansson said, "So the TSA does a risk assessment of every passenger when they make their reservation and it determines the risk of that passenger and now we have different protocols based on the risk of known passengers vs. unknown passengers."
Launched in 2011, the initiative has finally made its way to Albany International Airport. And so far, so good.
Elsie Jean Rew, an air traveler, said, "I didn't have any expectations. They just said get in this line rather than this one and I went sailing through. It was rather nice."
Abdella said, "I got to keep my coat on, my shoes on, which was great. Didn't have to take my iPad out of my carry on, which was wonderful also."
Enhanced security and added traveler convenience.
Southwest is the only airline not fully operational at Albany International, but should be by the end of the year. In the coming months, TSA will launch an enrollment and prescreening process that allows U.S. citizens to apply for TSA Pre Check. Registration costs $85 and will be valid for five years.